HC Deb 23 March 1885 vol 296 c230

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether Her Majesty's Government will ascertain whether the French Government have given the same directions as to searching German ships on the high seas as those which have been acted upon with respect to British vessels?


The French Government have notified to the German Government their intention to exercise the right of search of neutral vessels. The notifications to this effect, which have been published in the German Official Gazette, show that the communications received by the German Government from the French Government are similar to those received by Her Majesty's Government from the French Ambassador in London upon this subject.